The Five Freedoms Revisited-Dr. Amelia Knight Pinkston-4 Part Series

  The 5 Freedoms Revisited – An Epilogue (Part 1) By Dr. Amelia Knight Pinkston   The high burnout and suicide rate in the veterinary profession cannot be our norm, and it doesn’t have to be. While reading Dr. Don DeForge’s article “The Veterinary 5 Freedoms”, I appreciated his inspiration from a speech designed to rally change for “a world attainable in our own time and generation”. Change is possible starting now – today . You summit a mountain one small step at a time. As a profession we need to be asking, “what specifically needs to change to foster a sustainable, thriving profession and what is the first smallest step that I can do today to move towards that?” As I read the Five Freedoms article, many thoughts came to mind about how we can use inspiration from the Five Freedoms to create positive change in vet med starting today. Here’s part 1!   Freedom From Fear   When I think about feeling free, I think about not being held back, restricted, or weighed down from s

The Veterinary FIVE Freedoms: Empowering Veterinarians

The Veterinary Five Freedoms DH DeForge, VMD-  Co-Chair The Veterinary Genesis Initiative FDR's Four Freedoms Speech: On January 6, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his eighth State of the Union address, now known as the Four Freedoms speech. The speech was intended to rally the American people against the Axis threat and to shift favor in support of assisting British and Allied troops. Roosevelt’s words came at a time of extreme American isolationism; since World War I, many Americans sought to distance themselves from foreign entanglements, including foreign wars. Policies to curb immigration quotas and increase tariffs on imported goods were implemented, and a series of Neutrality Acts passed in the 1930s limited American arms and munitions assistance abroad. In his address, Roosevelt called for the immediate increase in American arms  production, and asked Americans to support his “Lend-Lease” program, which gave  Allies cash-free access to US munitions. Most impo